Weakest of the bunch was the oddly-named F. Which, at 1035º, was a pretty typical 5d per pint beer. If you think F is an strange name, what it’s short for might be more shocking: Family Ale. Which usually signifies a beer of fairly modest gravity to be consumed at home.
In 1939, it wasn’t that old of a product, only having appeared at around the end of WW I. It did have legs, mind you. I can still remember it in Leeds off-licence in the early 1980s. When it was basically a bottled version of their Mild. I’m guessing that this was a bottled beer, too.
The grist is pretty simple: pale malt (50% English, 50% Californian), a stack of grits and sugar. The latter is where things get tricky, as I’ve no real idea what the two sugars were. One is described as “A Dem”, where I assume the DEM stands for Demerera. Which I’ve interpreted as brown sugar. The other is even vaguer: “G & S”. Given the tiny amount, I’ve guessed that it’s some type of caramel. I can’t see what the point of such a small quantity would be otherwise.
The hops were a combination of 1937 Worcesters and 1937 and 1938 Kents. I’ve guessed at them all being Fuggles.
|1939 Tetley F|
|pale malt||4.00 lb||55.10%|
|brown sugar||1.50 lb||20.66%|
|caramel 2000 SRM||0.01 lb||0.14%|
|Fuggles 120 mins||0.33 oz|
|Fuggles 90 mins||0.33 oz|
|Fuggles 30 mins||0.33 oz|
|Mash at||150º F|
|Sparge at||165º F|
|Boil time||120 minutes|
|pitching temp||62º F|
|Yeast||Wyeast 1469 West Yorkshire Ale|